Microsoft Excel Hints and Tips

How do I find out the name of the last user who opened an Excel file ?

When you open an Excel file, your name is embedded in the file. This occurs even if you do not save the file.

Note - This behaviour does not occur if the file is a read-only file, or if personal information has been removed.  To remove personal information from an Excel workbook select Tools > Options > Security and then check Remove personal information from file properties on save.

The name that is stored is the user name listed in the Options dialog box - Tools > Options > General.

To see the name simply open the Excel file using any text editor such as Notepad or Microsoft Word.  The users name will appear somewhere within the text.

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